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What We Do

We bring together more than 20 partners committed to strengthening children, families and communities and create learning communities so that partners can learn from their peers, share resources and replicate best practices.

We do this by:

  • Convening and connecting partners to provide comprehensive and coordinated services so they can increase their organizational capacity to provide coordinated services to children and families through our Westlake/Pico-Union FamilySource Center.
  • Providing data, research and evaluation to increase knowledge of current conditions and developing strategies to improve conditions through community development projects.
  • Addressing the issues affecting poverty and creating system changes that benefit low-income, vulnerable communities through advocacy and campaigns.

Westlake/Pico-Union FamilySource Center

The FamilySource Center (FSC) is a "one-stop service center" for low-income families. The FSC provides every service a low-income family would need to combat poverty and access opportunities.

The FSC is one of 21 centers city-wide that opened in October 2009 as part of the City's anti-poverty strategy. The Westlake/Pico-Union FSC is part of CCNP, a collaborative network of nearly two-dozen social service agencies and educational institutions that form the one-stop center. The FSC transforms the lives of thousands, helping over 2,600 people annually receive services focused on increasing family income and academic achievement. Utilizing a comprehensive two-generational approach, the FSC promotes family economic success for parents/adults and youth academic achievement through parent/adult services and youth services.

Parent/Adult Services

Multi-Benefit Screening

The FSC ensures parents/adults have access to money saving programs that help them keep money in their pocket. Parents/adults accessing the FSC have the opportunity to be screened and enrolled in multiple publically funded health, social service and other support programs through one single electronic, web-based application, One e-App, that collects and stores information, screens and delivers data electronically and helps families connect to needed services.

Case Management

Utilizing a two-generational approach, case managers work with parents who have children, ages 5-17 to assist them in securing steady income and building economic assets so they are better able to invest in their children's education, emotional development and future success, as well as,assist their children in increasing their academic achievement by ensuring they have the educational support they need to succeed in school. Based on the families' economic goals, a case manager assess their needs, works with the family to develop a service strategy plan to achieve their economic goals and meets with the family bi-monthly to motivate, inspire and track their progress.

Health and Wellness

The current economic conditions facing low-income parents/adults are impacting their emotional and physical well being. To improve health outcomes, the FSC offers comprehensive health services to alleviate the economic stressors and support the well being of individuals and families. Services include: a fitness center with state-of-the-art cardio and weight training equipment, aerobics, yoga, martial arts, nutrition classes, health education workshops, health screenings, and medical and dental referrals to our local partner clinics.

Parenting Classes

To continually build on the strengths of parents, the FSC offers parenting classes that help parents learn effective parenting skills and how to create opportunities for positive family bonding. Topics include: parenting styles; setting boundaries; communication and discipline methods; anger and stress management; conflict resolution; supportive relationship building and responsibility sharing.

ESL Classes

ESL classes provides parents/adults with no or limited English proficiency an opportunity to improve their job readiness skills by learning the English skills needed to survive in a predominately English speaking society. The curriculum is designed to develop student writing, reading and verbal communication abilities.

Computer Classes

Computer classes provide parents/adults with the marketable skills to find employment and/or increase earnings. Topics include: keyboarding, navigating the Internet, e-mail and basic software application.

Blueprint for Workplace Success

This 32 hour vocational education course is designed to provide new and incumbent workers an increase in their level of customer service and colleague relations. Topics include, but are not limited to: new beginners, understanding workplace culture, and dealing with change.

Employment and Training

The WorkSource Center provides unemployed or underemployed parents/adults with the resources they need to find employment. Services include: job listings, training resources, referrals to employment and training opportunities, and access to resource centers with phones, fax machines, copiers, and computers to assist in their job search efforts.

California LifeLine Workshops

The California LifeLine Program provides discounted home phone service to qualified households. The California Lifeline discounts helps families lower the cost of their phone bills.

FDIC Money Smart Education Workshops

Comprehensive financial education workshops, based on the FDIC Money Smart program, are offered to parents/adults outside the financial mainstream. Workshops are designed to help parents/adults enhance their financial skills and create positive banking relationships.

FREE Tax Preparation

The FSC helps working families save money by providing free income tax preparation and access to tax credit. Through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, trained, certified volunteers prepare taxes at no charge to families.

Support Services

To support family economic success, the FSC provides through its referral network access to affordable housing, substance abuse and mental health counseling, legal services, immigration, emergency medical services, food distribution, clothing, car seats, and transportation.

Youth Services

Tutoring/Homework Assistance (K-12)

To ensure youth succeed in school, the FSC provides tutoring and homework assistance to elementary, middle, and high school students.

Leadership Development

The FSC provides opportunities for youth to develop their leadership skills through the Digital Connectors Program. Digital Connectors is a best practices youth development program that engages teens in leadership development, life skills management and community service. Digital Connectors learn important technology skills and, in turn, teach community residents how to use technology and the Internet to improve their lives.

College Information and Access

College Corner provides college information and counseling and guidance to youth and young adults on their educational aspirations. Assistance with college and financial aid applications are also included.

Recreational and Cultural Activities

The FSC enhances educational learning with activities that promote positive alternatives to their environment. Activities include martial arts, hip hop, fitness classes, organized sports, outdoor activities and cultural dance and music classes.

Los Angeles Department of Public Social Services Toy Loan Program

The Toy Loan Program is a free service that allows children to borrow toys from CCNP in the same manner in which they borrow books from the public library. While the children borrow toys once a week, a child can earn a new toy by taking good care of the toys and bringing them back on time. The Toy Loan Program develops a sense of responsibility in children through the observance of a honor code and merit system that gives praise and recognition when toys are returned on time and undamaged.

Youth WorkSource

Committed to preparing youth to be successful in work and life, the Youth WorkSource provides academic enrichment, college preparation, and employment skills training to assist youth, 14-21, in building the skills they need for the future. Services include: employment/work readiness, career exploration and guidance, occupational skills training, tutoring/computer training, college preparation/leadership, counseling/mentoring, and alternative high school services.

Community and Economic Development

CCNP's Community and Economic Development work addresses the many complex issues facing the Central City, Westlake and Pico-Union Communities -affordable housing, open space, transportation, and public safety.

CCNP is building the local capacity to plan for sustainable development by creating a more meaningful role for vulnerable communities to participate in the City of Los Angeles' planning and decision-making process. Based on the premise that the people who live and work in a neighborhood are the best-equipped to plan the neighborhoods future, CCNP is laying the groundwork for residents to become community-based planners to support and guide the community and economic development projects in their neighborhoods.

Our community-based planning facilitates public processes that foster civic engagement and commitment; help communities identify and attain common goals; find positive, sustainable solutions to problems; and build long-term leadership capacity within communities to meet future needs.

Our community-based planning projects are collaborative efforts between government agencies, non-profit organizations, planning consultants, landscape architects, artists, developers and community builders who are interested in constructive and inclusive public involvement processes.

 


 

Transportation

In 2004 with funding from Caltrans, CCNP initiated the first community-driven transportation plan of its kind for the densely populated and underserved Westlake community of the City of Los Angeles. What made this project unique is that it was totally driven by the community and their desire to improve the mobility, access and safety concerns of their neighborhoods. The social value of the project's impact is unprecedented in the work that went into creating this exemplary plan -from community visioning workshops, walk audits, surveys, and community meetings, CCNP pulled on the strength of its mission and developed non-competitive and strategic partnerships with the community and visionary organizations across disciplines to develop solutions that would effect positive systemic change in the transit system.

In order to develop this grassroots plan, CCNP took an untraditional, but remarkably simple approach to increasing community access to transportation in the Westlake community and the surrounding neighborhoods. Using a community-based planning process to fully engage residents, the project team assembled and nurtured a team of more than 35 residents who assessed the 400 bus stops in the neighborhood; conducted 997 bus ridership surveys; polled 512 residents; and participated in 12 community meetings. In total, residents identified 33 specific transportation infrastructure improvement projects.

Expanding on this work, community residents have also led two additional transportation planning grants, a master plan framework for a transit village around the Westlake/MacArthur Park Metro Station and traffic safety plan.

 

Campaigns

Earned Income Tax Credit

What is the EITC? The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a federal refundable tax credit that is designed to lower the tax burden on low-income working families and stimulate the economy. Even workers whose income is too small to pay taxes can receive a refund though the EITC.

 

 

Message and Benefits of the EITC:
  • The EITC is widely recognized as the federal government's most effective antipoverty program, lifting millions of low-income families and children out of poverty every year while incentivizing work and stimulating local economies.
  • An estimated 2.4 million California residents claimed $4.95 billion in EITC refunds in 2009. Spending these refunds, spurred an estimated $5.5 billion in sales for California businesses, which in turn created 33,000 jobs paying $1.32 billion in new wages, and brought $390.5 million in tax revenue to state and local governments.
  • An estimated eight hundred thousand Californians left 1.2 billion dollars in tax credits unclaimed in 2009. This money could have generated $1.4 billion in sales and 8,200 jobs. Note: Data from the New America Foundation report, Left on the Table, 2010.
The Goal of the EITC Campaign is to:
  • Cut the number of Californians who miss out on the EITC in half by 2013 by ensuring that 400,000 more Californians apply for the EITC than in 2009.
Target Audience for the EITC:
  • Individuals/Families who may be eligible: A person must have earned income, not be claimed as a dependent, and make under $49,000/year. The size of the refund depends on if there are children and other criteria.
How to Claim the EITC:
  • To claim the EITC, individuals must file a tax return. Families making below $42,000 can have their taxes done for free at CCNP - a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site or by visiting The Greater Los Angeles Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Campaign website at: www.greaterlaeitc.org

 

 

Bank on LA

What is the Bank on LA? The Bank on LA campaign is focused on connecting Los Angeles' unbanked and under-banked population to low-cost financial products and services and expands opportunities and access to financial education. This effort helps individuals and families enter the financial mainstream by opening starter bank accounts, where they can begin saving, build a credit history, gain access to lower-cost sources of credit, and invest for their future.

Message:
  • It's the third least banked market in America (percentage-wise) and first in absolute numbers. In fact, approximately 20% of all households in the City of Los Angeles (a city of an estimated 3.8 million residents) do not have any bank accounts.
  • The consequences of being unbanked or underbanked in today's economy are significant: It blocks pathways to savings and greater assets (education, auto, home, business)and it drains wealth from L.A.'s most vulnerable residents and communities.
  • Using alternative financial services can cost families up to $1,000 a year, which means that over $54 million in check cashing fees and $88 million payday loans fees are leaving Los Angeles communities. For the most part, these dollars are leaving the communities that need it most.
The Goal of Bank on LA is to:
  • Bring the city's "un-banked" and "under-banked" households into the financial mainstream by helping people to open low-cost starter accounts and access financial education.
Target Audience for Bank on LA:
  • Los Angeles unbanked and under-banked households
How to Access low cost financial products, services and education:
  • To access financial products, services and education attend CCNP's FDIC Money Smart Program and open a bank account or visit the Bank on LA website at: www.bankonla.org

 

 

Watch the Road

What is Watch the Road?
"Watch the Road" is a public education and awareness campaign designed to reduce the bad behaviors of roadway users, such as drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.

Message:
  • Throughout Los Angeles County over 700 Angelenos are killed every year on our roadways. This means two people are killed each day, 365 days a year! These deaths are the result of traffic crashes and for the most part are caused by bad behaviors that contribute to traffic collisions.
  • Promote the 10 good behaviors for roadway safety by raising awareness and pledging to adopt these behaviors when driving, bicycling and walking
The Goal of Watch the Road is to:
  • Reduce crashes, which in turn reduces fatalities, injuries and congestion through the promotion of 10 good behaviors for roadway safety:
  1. Follow the Speed Limit
  2. Drive Defensively
  3. Drive Attentively (No Texting)
  4. Respect Red Lights
  5. Never Drive Drunk
  6. Yield to Pedestrians
  7. Look Before Walking
  8. Walk Inside Crosswalks
  9. Bicycle with Traffic
  10. Buck Your Seat Belt - Every Trip, Every Time
Target Audience for Watch the Road:
  • Los Angeles' motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians
How to Get Involved:
  • Help us to continue raising awareness and sharing our message by learning more about our traffic safety planning efforts and joining our advocacy efforts or visiting the watch the road website at www.watchtheroad.org

 

 

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